NASCAR announced a new historic partnership with American Ethanol led by Growth Energy, the country's leading voice for the U.S. ethanol industry.
The partnership, announced by NASCAR CEO Brian France, comes just weeks after NASCAR stated it would be taking its environmental commitment to the next level with Sunoco Green E15, a fuel that includes 15% renewable American ethanol.
"NASCAR and American Ethanol are ideal partners," said France. "NASCAR is a great American sport in its third generation of family ownership, and ethanol is produced from the harvest of family-owned farms across our country's heartland."
American Ethanol and Growth Energy are taking this opportunity to communicate to a whole new audience with the support of the National Corn Growers Association and other key U.S. farming ethanol leaders.
"There is nothing more American than NASCAR, and there is no fuel more American than ethanol," said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. "We are so proud that the bounty which America's farmers produce throughout the week will be used in NASCAR racing on Sunday."
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America's economy through cleaner, greener energy. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home.
SUNOCO GREEN E15
Sunoco Green E15 will be blended at Sunoco's fuel facility in Marcus Hook, Pa., which provides high-performance race fuel to NASCAR teams at no cost to them. The American-grown and American-made corn ethanol will come in part from Sunoco's new ethanol plant in Fulton, N.Y. The new fuel will be pumped directly from tankers at the track, rather than from on-site underground storage tanks.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport – with more of the top 20 highest attended sporting events in the U.S. than any other sport, and is the No. 2-rated regular-season sport on television. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages.